If like me you've enjoyed the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer and are thinking this back to school malarky sounds a bit too much like work, here's my top ten tips for lazy mums to try to make life just that little bit.....well....lazier!
1. Convince your children that odd socks are cool….you’ll never have to pair their socks again.
|odd socks are cool!|
2. Play lego on an old tablecloth. When it comes time to put it away you just pick up the four corners and pop the whole lot back in the box.
3. When you do cook: cook twice as much as you need then freeze half. By keeping a stock in the freezer like this you can just defrost on busy days and have a meal without having to cook or resort to takeaway.
|cook 'too much' and freeze some|
4. If you have boys who regularly “miss” the toilet; get yourself one of those mops that you can wring out without needing a bucket, and keep it in your bathroom with some watered down detergent. Rather than filling a bucket of soapy water you can just spray the pee, wipe up with the mop and rinse the mop in the sink, takes about two minutes.
5. Getting the paddling pool out at weekend? Put bubble bath in it the kids will think it’s great fun having bubbles in the pool and you’ll get them clean without having to give them a bath that night
|Bubble Bath in the paddling pool.|
6. Put bedding straight on the bed from the dryer or washing line to avoid having to iron it.
7. Another one you can eek out before the weather turns: if you can, dine al fresco- the birds (or local cats) will clear up the mess off the floor for you and there’s no walls to get splattered!
|Dining Al Fresco needn't be fancy|
8. Going on a picnic? Don’t put your sandwiches in boxes, instead wrap them in tin foil. Don’t take flasks, take cartons of juice, make sure everything you take is in a disposable wrapper/container. That way when you’ve finished your picnic the whole lot goes in the bin and you have nothing to carry for the rest of the day. Do this with school packed lunches too and you won't have to find yourself cleaning the mouldy sandwich box they forgot to bring home for a week.
9. Serve everyone’s meal on one plate when you can…..sandwiches, nachos, pizza are all good things to stick in the middle of the table on a big board and let everyone dig in. It helps your children learn to share, it’s a lovely communal activity and more importantly it saves on washing up. (learning lots of one pan recipes also saves on washing up)
|Encourage sharing and save on washing up|
10. And one for Back to School: Sewing in name labels? Seriously, who has time for this? Get a sharpie!
Have you got any Lazy Mum tips you can share? I'd love to read them.